Fast track: Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Speilman has called Adrian Peterson “a freak of nature,” and the running back is proving it to be true. After tearing his ACL only six months ago, Peterson believes “it’s realistic” that he could return and be ready for Week 1 of the 2012 season. Considering the leaps A.P. has made in his rehab, it’s very likely he will see action once the season begins. However, the team is bound to take a cautious approach and ease him back into the fold. He still needs to test the knee in game action, so it’s safest to take him as a No. 2 back in fantasy drafts.
A new headache: Instead of suffering from a migraine, Percy Harvin is now giving one to the Minnesota Vikings front office. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport confirmed Harvin has requested a trade from the team. This comes a day after Harvin stated there were “a lot of different things that have to be sorted out.” Though he did not mention his contract specifically, it is believed he is not happy with the deal which still has two years remaining. This is a dispute likely to have legs and last a while. With Jerome Simpson suspended the first three games of the season and Adrian Peterson on the mend, Harvin might not have as much leverage again as he does now. On the flip side, the organization might not be willing to re-negotiate his contract given his inability to stay on the field. Harvin has been a consensus No. 2 WR in fantasy drafts, but the news bears watching. If things do turn ugly, fantasy owners will have to drop him down on their list.
Waiting to fly: Rookie wide receiver Michael Floyd will play an important role this season, but Darren Urban of Cardinals.com believes it will be Andre Roberts who plays a larger one. “If you don’t know by now the level of confidence the coaching staff has in Roberts with his play after last season, you haven’t been paying attention.” Neither receiver is expected to carry significant fantasy value this season, with Floyd considered a depth selection at the WR position in drafts. Though things could still change once training camp opens, the news gives a better view of the pecking order, one which has Roberts being the better selection in fantasy land.
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